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Kingston University product and furniture design student comes up with concept for meditation chair to help tired travellers unwind during airport stopovers

Posted Friday 29 July 2016

Kingston University product and furniture design student comes up with concept for meditation chair to help tired travellers unwind during airport stopovers

A new Kingston University graduate is aiming to take the stress out of travelling with her design for a meditation chair to help weary travellers relax as they pass through airports. Product and furniture design student Sara Pagani created the steel-framed Meditasi Chair as part of her final year project to enable travellers to practice meditation in airport waiting areas. The chair includes wings that stretch either side of the user to eliminate noise, a comfortable seat modelled on the Piaggio Vespa scooter and a space underneath to store luggage. Sara knows a thing or two about travelling - hailing from the province of Piacenza in Italy and taking opportunities to study abroad in the United States and the United Kingdom from the age of 14 meant she often found herself looking for ways to ease the journey."I know packing, being on time, security checks and dealing with last minute problems can easily make people anxious to travel," she said. "Having travelled for years, I often find waiting for long periods of time means you over-think too much which leads to stress, so I decided to try to make the idea of relaxation a part of the journey as well as the destination."

Third year product and furniture design student Sara Pagani works on her project, the Meditasi ChAlso an avid meditator, Sara drew inspiration for the design from her own daily practice. "My mum introduced me to meditation during a very stressful period of my life a few years ago, as I was going through high school," she explained. "To begin with, I didn't practice regularly but it soon became my daily way of approaching problems and my outlook changed radically - I started using the energy I gained from meditating to solve a problem, rather than using the time to just stress about how to solve it. Sara said the design for the projects grew from her desire to encourage others to be open to the benefits of meditation. "I believe it can help people in so many ways, but in my experience it's often introduced to people as something that is pretty complex to master," she said. "I hope the theme of the design can start a debate about the benefits of meditation, either in private or public environments."...


Kingston University names businessman Colin Squire, chairman of award-winning firm Squire's Garden Centres, Honorary Doctor of Art and Design

Posted Thursday 28 July 2016

Kingston University names businessman Colin Squire, chairman of award-winning firm Squire's Garden Centres, Honorary Doctor of Art and Design

An entrepreneurial horticulturalist, whose family business has blossomed in to one of the South East's best-known garden centre companies, has returned to his roots after being recognised with an honorary degree from Kingston University. Former student Colin Squire, chairman of the award-winning Squire's Garden Centres, has been named an Honorary Doctor of Art and Design in recognition of his outstanding contribution to horticulture and the community.

The father of two, who also has four grandchildren, studied architecture at the University's predecessor, the Kingston School of Art, in the 1950s before going on to work in the family firm with his father, David. Under his entrepreneurial leadership, Squire's Garden Centres, founded in 1936 as a landscaping and nursery business, flourished in to the first garden centre in Twickenham in 1964. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the South East's leading garden businesses. The company now boasts 15 branches across Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire and West Sussex, employing more than 700 local people, and this year celebrates 80 years in the horticultural industry, with Mr Squire's daughter, Sarah, now serving as the company's deputy chairman. Its Twickenham branch was named best plant retailer in the United Kingdom last year....


Congratulations to the Kingston University graduating class of 2016

Posted Tuesday 26 July 2016

Congratulations to the Kingston University graduating class of 2016

More than 10,000 graduates and their guests have descended on Kingston to celebrate becoming Kingston University's newest alumni.

As our graduates crossed the stage at the Rose Theatre, we were thrilled to welcome them to our thriving global network of 175,000 Kingston alumni....


Unsung heroes share their stories from behind the scenes at Kingston University's graduation ceremonies

Posted Monday 25 July 2016

Unsung heroes share their stories from behind the scenes at Kingston University's graduation ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies are a highpoint in the Kingston University calendar; they mark the culmination of students' hard work and endeavour, and are a chance for staff, family and friends to celebrate students' successes publically. The fifteen ceremonies being held at Kingston's Rose Theatre in July will see 3,475 Kingston University students cross the stage to formally receive their degrees. While the week-long celebrations put the spotlight firmly on the new graduates, there are a host of people working behind the scenes to ensure the events are a memorable occasion for everyone who attends.

From robers and photographers to caterers and ushers, more than 20 different teams are involved in organising the ceremonies and, for many, preparation started last summer. Sarah Wilden, from the University's graduation and events team, said every team has a crucial part to play in ensuring that the events run smoothly. "While one member of the team is busy counting chairs, another might be preparing thousands of tickets and certificates for collection," she said. "The smallest details make a difference. Before each ceremony, we even place Post-it notes on the seats in the very middle of the stage so that the academic staff can see where they need to stop after the procession."...


Aerospace engineer, artist and choreographer among leading figures to join elite line up of Kingston University honorary graduates

Posted Thursday 21 July 2016

Aerospace engineer, artist and choreographer among leading figures to join elite line up of Kingston University honorary graduates

While the main focus of Kingston University's graduation ceremonies is to celebrate the achievements of students, they are also an opportunity to recognise outstanding contributions from outside the University.  Each year, a small number of honorary awards are conferred upon people who have demonstrated excellence in their field, many of whom have studied or taught at Kingston University.

This July, eight notable figures will join students on stage to receive their awards at Kingston's Rose Theatre....


Kingston University human resource management students turn consultants to boost student ambassador programme

Posted Monday 18 July 2016

Kingston University human resource management students turn consultants to boost student ambassador programme

A group of five human resource management students from Kingston University were so impressed by the impact of the institution's student ambassador scheme they decided to make it the focus of their final year project.

Tasked with providing a solution for a learning and development need within a real-life organisation, the students from the Faculty of Business and Law found inspiration right on their doorstep. They chose to concentrate on further enhancing Kingston University's highly-regarded scheme - which currently has around 300 ambassadors providing support and guidance to potential, new and current students. From sharing their own university experiences and answering questions at open days to assisting at education liaison team events in schools and colleges, the ambassadors are an integral part of the University's drive to encourage young people from a wide range of backgrounds to take up and succeed in higher education....


Kingston University students, staff and graduates bring dance and drama talents to borough stage during International Youth Arts Festival

Posted Friday 15 July 2016

Kingston University students, staff and graduates bring dance and drama talents to borough stage during International Youth Arts Festival

For the eighth year running, Kingston has played host to the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) – regarded by some as a warm up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and this year the borough-wide event was organised by a Kingston University alumnus.

The ten day-long showcase featured some of the best emerging young talent, both nationally and internationally, ranging from comedy performances to circus acts. This year saw a range of Kingston University students, academics and alumni taking part onstage and working behind the scenes at venues such as Rose Theatre Kingston and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre....


New science laboratories set to open at Kingston University as first stage of £6.8m project part-funded by Government grant nears completion

Posted Thursday 14 July 2016

New science laboratories set to open at Kingston University as first stage of £6.8m project part-funded by Government grant nears completion

The first stage of a £6.8m project to create new state-of -the-art science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) facilities at Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus has been completed and is set to open to students in September.

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing secured £1.9m of Government funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) towards the project, which is delivering cutting-edge new laboratories and science and technology facilities for the benefit of the public as well as current and future students....

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